ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Tim Walz is preparing to take the oath to become Minnesota's 41st governor since statehood.
The Democratic former congressman from Mankato says he's ready to hit the ground running after Monday's ceremonies at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.
He's already named all but one of his state agency heads. Minnesota's other constitutional officers will also be sworn in.
A public reception is set for 3 p.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda.
Walz takes over from Democrat Mark Dayton, who's retiring after eight years as governor and a political career spanning 40 years that included one term in the U.S. Senate.
When Dayton took office in 2011, the state faced a $6.2 billion budget deficit. But Walz is inheriting a projected $1.5 billion surplus for the next two-year budget period.
- Walz prepares to take oath as Minnesota's 41st governor
- It's Walz vs. Johnson to be Minnesota's next governor
- Governor Walz looks to expand broadband across greater Minnesota
- Governor Walz issues 'peacetime state of emergency' for Minnesota
- Governor-Elect Tim Walz visits Rochester
- Walz breaks with NRA, supports Minnesota assault weapons ban
- Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz visits RCTC, discusses higher education
- UPDATE: Walz proposes $49 billion budget for MInnesota
- Gov. Walz calls southern Minnesota cleanup a 'well-oiled machine'
- Walz: Minnesota budget talks reach 'really important time'